Affluent Chicago suburb to host India’s Independence Day parade
Naperville (US): The Chicago suburb of Naperville is to officially host the India Independence Day parade this year, making it the first city in Midwest America to do so.
The parade is organized in many American cities by private organizations like the Federation of Indian Associations. The parade will be held on August 16, a Sunday.
Naperville’s Indian Community Outreach Organization(ICO) and the Alliances of Midwest Indian Association have jointly organized the parade and related celebrations which includes hoisting the Indian flag at the Naperville Municipal Center. The organizers said that they anticipated a large turnout, rivalling the Independence Day parade in Chicago’s ‘little India’ Devon Avenue, traditionally the biggest such event in the area.
The India Day Parade will showcase India’s rich and diverse culture, with several floats organized by Indian cultural, business and political organizations. Spectators will be treated to a rich variety of Indian cuisine, ethnic arts, apparel and jewelry.
At an event to announce the parade, senior city officials were unabashedly enthusiastic. Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Mayor Emeritus George Pradel lauded the contributions of the suburb’s Indian American community. There was even a proposal for Pradel to be the ‘parade marshal’ attired in a traditional Indian attire.